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Disruptive Design Summer Class

Summer of Social Innovation Class at MFA Design for Social Innovation
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This six week evening course uses the concept of informal economies as a sandbox for urban innovations. The most transformative new ideas often come from the economic fringes. In this course, students gain a macro perspective in informal economies, learn their properties and principles, study models of urban economic development and innovation accelerators, and experience using ethnographic research methods to identify unique cultural practices in New York City. Sign up here. 

Creating the Business Case for Investing in Communities

Leading Convening of Community-Focused Companies to Share Strategies Addressing Pressing Societal Issues May 20-21, 2014
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New York, NY, March 26, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Two hundred and fifty senior leaders in corporate societal engagement are convening to learn together about “What Counts”, and to celebrate and expand the important work being done by companies in communities all over the world.

Global Volunteer Day Photos - New York

Aramark volunteers inspire children in Queens to live healthy lives.
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For Aramark's inaugural Global Volunteer Day on March 19, the company extended its health and wellness platform and commitment, Healthy For Life™, into Queens, NY where more than 100 New York-area employees partnered with Sunnyside Community Services, a member center of United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNHNY), in an effort to provide children and families with better access to healthy food, nutritional education, active play and physical activity spaces. Aramark established a Healthy for Life™ Zone that will be a year-round hub of health and wellness education and awar

Aramark Inspires Children in Queens to Live Healthy Lives

More than 100 area employees volunteer at Sunnyside Community Services on first annual Global Volunteer Day
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Sunnyside, Queens, NY, March 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – In Sunnyside, Queens, children struggle with a multitude of health issues. Nearly one in four children are considered obese according to municipal statistics. Citywide, and nearly half of all elementary school and pre-school children are not at a healthy weight.

Who Will Pay For Climate Change Consequences?

By: Gary Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at AECOM

A number of initiatives, including the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Recovery and the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index, have been developing models to assess climate risk at various scales.  The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has been trying to put numbers on the cost of adaptation. The journal Nature Climate Change recently published a paper entitled “Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities” full of some very sobering numbers.

New York City Bets On Energy Efficiency To Boost Sustainability


The world needs to make a transition to renewable energy as part of a global sustainability project, but until solar, wind and other renewables​ become the norm, there’s one solution that is available​ now: energy efficiency. More energy efficient buildings means less energy and fewer emissions, besides huge savings. However, financing projects is not always easy, since payback is not immediate, ​putting lenders off.

Social Entrepreneurs From Each NYC Borough Selected To Compete In First-Ever ‘Battle Of The Boros’ Pitch Event This Thursday

Social Entrepreneurs From Each NYC Borough Selected To Compete In First-Ever ‘Battle Of The Boros’ Pitch Event This Thursday
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NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Let the Battle begin! Five finalists—one from each borough—have been selected to compete in the first-ever ‘Battle of the Boros’ social impact pitch competition scheduled to take place Thursday January 16th at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. The event plays on the good-natured sibling rivalry between NYC’s five boroughs while celebrating the entrepreneurs making a difference in their neighborhoods and beyond, and will answer the burning question: which borough has the best social entrepreneurs?

MakeImpactNYC Event Brings Together all of NYC for Good

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New York, December 4, 2013 /3BL Media / -  Announcing MakeImpactNYC 2014: Do Good in Your ‘Hood  the first-of-its kind “Five boroughs, one city, endless impact” event bringing together entrepreneurs and innovators from every part of New York City who are building a new social impact economy: New Yorkers who are improving the lives of their neighbors and communities through entrepreneurial solutions

Pro Bono Day NYC: Connecting Passion with Purpose

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Connecting Passion with Purpose was the 1st event of its kind in New York City, bringing together nonprofits, volunteers, and key investors of the pro bono movement for a day of all things pro bono. During the evening reception, “Celebrating Pro Bono”, a video highlighting pro bono in New York City was shared with attendees.

Teaming Up This Holiday to End Childhood Hunger


Thanksgiving Eve can get pretty hectic. It’s not only the busiest travel day of the year, but also when the prep work for Thanksgiving feasts across the country kick into high gear.


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